Tinnitus Evaluation and Treatment

During the hearing evaluation process, we can evaluate any ringing in your ears, also known as Tinnitus. Tinnitus can be perceived in one or both ears or in the head. It is usually described as a ringing noise, but can be described as high-pitched whining, electric buzzing, hissing, humming, tinging, whistling, ticking, clicking, roaring, similar to “crickets”, songs, beeping, or even a pure steady tone like that heard during a hearing test. It has also been described as a “wooshing” sound, as of wind or waves. Tinnitus can be intermittent, or it can be continuous. Tinnitus has been shown to have a direct impact on emotional well-being, hearing, ability to sleep and to concentrate—in turn influencing basic life functions, such as socialization and relaxation. It can interfere with an individual’s ability to perform adequately on the job or contribute to psychological disorders, such as depression, disorder, anxiety, isolation and anger. The constancy of tinnitus and the perceived lack of control can provoke fear which exacerbates the problem leading to an ever-increasing cycle of distress in the person suffering from tinnitus.

Tinnitus sound therapy and advanced digital hearing aid technology have made significant advances over the past five years. This progress has made tinnitus management more effective than ever. It is possible today for some people suffering with tinnitus to no longer be aware of it when they are wearing hearing aids utilizing these new technologies. More often, wearing these instruments will lessen the tinnitus and alleviate the hearing difficulty.

Most people with tinnitus have some degree of hearing loss. They often have a hearing loss within the same range of frequencies as their tinnitus.

Hear Well Again Centers assessment of tinnitus can begin with its in-depth questionnaire covering: Tinnitus Description, History, Medical and Health Information, Hearing History, Noise Exposure along with Tinnitus Attributes and Severity. The next step is a complete hearing evaluation followed by tinnitus matching.

Tinnitus Treatment – Sound Therapy

There is a good chance that tinnitus can be alleviated with sound therapy. In some cases, it has been completely masked. Hear Well Again Centers provides sound solutions to alleviate and habituate tinnitus. The primary treatment modality with tinnitus masking is the use of wearable ear-level devices—tinnitus noise generators for masking, hearing aids, or combination instruments. Patients with hearing loss and tinnitus often use their hearing aids for tinnitus relief, while patients who do not have significant hearing loss will generally be subscribed open ear hearing instruments with tinnitus noise generator programs.

If amplifying and clarifying speech is needed, digital hearing aids would be part of the sound solution. While it is not clear whether hearing aids help by amplifying background sounds that can mask out the tinnitus or by actually altering the production of tinnitus, or make listening easier and lower the levels of stress, most hearing aid wearers report at least some reduction in their tinnitus.

With Just Listen, Tinnitus Relief Can Be Risk Free and Affordable.

The examination and evaluation services as well as some rehabilitation aftercare can be covered by most health insurance plans. More and more plans provide at least some hearing aid coverage. Federal Retiree Blue Cross/Blue Shield plans contribute $1250 per hearing aid. A number of other plans provide even more hearing aid coverage. As part of our Tinnitus Relief Plan you can walk out wearing a number of digital hearing aid/tinnitus sound generation (TSG) devices for you to try and experience at no cost for a week.